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1Title:  The USS Thresher, lead boat in the Thresher class Add
 Summary:  The USS Thresher underway. The Thresher, the lead submarine in her class, was designed and built by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This was a change from earlier practice; lead boats for earlier nuclear-powered sub classes were constructed by Electric Boat. The Thresher was lost at sea on 10 April 1963 with 129 crew members and civilian specialists on board. The precise reason for the submarine's loss was never determined. A court of inquiry found the most likely cause was a seawater leak in the engine room that started a chain of events that led to a loss of propulsion power. 
 Source:  http://www.steelnavy.com/BWNssn593.htm 
 Reference:  Rockwell, Theodore. The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference. Lincoln, NE: IUniverse, 2002, pages 315-320. 
 Date:  circa 1961 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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2Title:  The George Washington - ballistic missile submarine Add
 Summary:  The USS George Washington (SSBN-598), the world's first ballistic missile submarine, being launched at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut in 1959. Because of the national security urgency of building a less-vulnerable missile system, the construction of the George Washington was expedited by using the bow and stern sections of the of the under-construction Scorpion, and inserting a 130 foot missile section between the two sections. She was powered by the submarine fleet reactor plant, the S5W. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=79363 
 Reference:  Hewlett, Richard G., and Francis Duncan. Nuclear Navy, 1946-1962. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974, page 315. 
 Date:  09 June 1959 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS George Washington (SSBN-598) | Naval Reactors 
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3Title:  USS Scorpion, Skipjack-class attack submarine Add
 Summary:  The USS Scorpion (SSN-589), a Skipjack-class submarine that was powered by an S5W reactor plant. The Scorpion was lost at sea on 5 June 1968; the cause of the submarine's loss was never definitively determined. 
 Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Uss_scorpion_SSN589.jpg 
 Date:   unknown  
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Scorpion (SSN-589) | Naval Reactors 
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4Title:  The USS Thresher underway Add
 Summary:  Aerial view of the USS Thresher underway. The Thresher was constructed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Her construction was plagued by difficulties, in part due to the use of HY-80 hull welds (needed to enable deeper submerged operations) and Portsmouth's lack of experience and proficiency, relative to Electric Boat, in building nuclear subs. The Thresher was lost at sea on 10 April 1963. A Navy court of inquiry found that engine room flooding, perhaps caused by the failure of a silver-brazed joint, resulted in a loss of electrical power and (following a reactor scram), a loss of proplusion power. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593.htm 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 52-98. 
 Date:  30 April 1961 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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5Title:  Artist's conception of the USS Thresher, showing location of torpedo tubes Add
 Summary:  An artist's conception of the USS Thresher firing torpedoes from its midships torpedo tubes. Since the Thresher's sonar equipment was located in the bow, her four torpedo tubes were placed further back in the hull. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593-g.htm 
 Date:  circa 1960 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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6Title:  USS Thresher, bow view Add
 Summary:  A bow view of the USS Thresher (showing the sail and diving planes), taken in July 1961. The Thresher was the lead boat in her class, designed to support operations at a depth greater than that possible with submarines of the Skipjack class. The Thresher was built at the Portsmouth Naval Yard and was powered by an S5W reactor plant. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593.htm 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 52-64. 
 Date:  24 July 1961 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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7Title:  The USS Scorpion deployed, shortly before being lost at sea Add
 Summary:  The USS Scorpion, alongside the USS Tallahatchie County (AVB-2) near Naples, Italy in April 1968. This photo was taken approximately six weeks prior to the loss of the Scorpion. The cause of the sub's loss was never definitively determined. One plausible theory: A torpedo exploded inside the submarine (due to an internal battery malfunction), leading to the loss of the sub. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-s/ssn589-e.htm 
 Reference:  Parrish, Thomas. The Submarine: A History. New York: Viking, 2004, pages 498-500. 
 Date:  18 April 1968 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Scorpion (SSN-589) | Naval Reactors 
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8Title:  Brass pipe recovered from wreckage of USS Thresher Add
 Summary:  Photograph of a brass pipe recovered from the wreckage of the USS Thresher in 1963. The pipe was recovered by the bathyscaph Trieste, and it has the information "593 Boat" etched on the pipe. The Thresher was lost on 10 April 1963, with the loss of 129 crewmen and civilian workers. A court of inquiry determined that the most probable cause of the Thresher's loss was a seawater leak that led to a loss of electrical and propulsion power. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593-k.htm 
 Reference:  Polmar, Norman. The Death of the USS Thresher. Guilford, Conn: Lyons Press, 2004, pages 91-114. 
 Date:   1963 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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9Title:  USS George Washington Carver - Benjamin Franklin-class ballistic missile submarine Add
 Summary:  The USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656) underway. She was later converted to an attack submarine and redesignated SSN-656. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-g/ssbn656.htm 
 Date:  circa 1966 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656) | Naval Reactors 
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10Title:  The USS Skipjack, first submarine driven by S5W plant Add
 Summary:  The USS Skipjack, the first boat on which the S5W reactor was installed. The S5W core was designed by Westinghouse's Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. Unlike the S2W plant installed in the Nautilus, the S5W was designed and built without the benefit of a land-based prototype. The most significant improvements in the S5W design, relative to earlier Bettis-designed reactors, involved "the reactor core, including the fuel assemblies and the control rods" (282). These components could be tested at the Bettis laboratory without a full-scale prototype being constructed. The S5W, the submarine fleet reactor, was used to power nearly 100 fast attack and ballistic missile boats. 
 Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Skipjack_%28SSN-585%29 
 Reference:  Hewlett, Richard G., and Francis Duncan. Nuclear Navy, 1946-1962. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974, pages 278-282. 
 Date:   unknown  
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Skipjack (SSN-585) | Naval Reactors 
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